"V&V friend and team member, Marcie Cohen Ferris, had a chat with Durham’s highly regarded community advocate and ‘unofficial’ historian, John Schelp. Read their conversation and then come hear more from John at the next Vert & Vogue Happy Hour event on Friday, July 19th, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. In tribute to Durham's 150-year sesquicentennial celebration, John will introduce the fascinating history(s) of Durham and its downtown through his awesome collection of vintage Durham postcards. In August, PBS will air its new series, “Family Pictures USA,” featuring photographs from three cities, including Durham. John is the ‘street historian’ on the Bull City episode. Catch him at V&V before he becomes an even bigger star!
John served for fifteen years as president of the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association. He was vice-president of the NAACP-Durham branch and the People's Alliance, as well as an early member of the Pauli Murray steering committee. He is a member of the Museum of Durham History’s advisory board, the People’s Alliance Fund, and the Mayor's Sesquicentennial Commission. He was president of the North Carolina Peace Corps Association, and he served in the Peace Corps and USAID in Congo for seven years. He was an elections observer with President Jimmy Carter in Liberia. John has worked at the National Institutes of Health for more than thirty years. He has a undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University with a double major in Government and French and a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill." - Vert & Vogue